DIY Home plating kits.

  1. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    After my success of chemical blacking over the last few days I am thinking of getting a plating kit.
    The idea is to re-plate old tools etc. To make them look good and add value to them when we sell them on.

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    Good example is the re-plate the cap iron on that plane.

    Any one now of a kit out there on the market suitable for home use and use in a MIS?
     
  2. rtcosic

    rtcosic Member

    https://www.scribd.com/doc/149507813/Workshop-practice-series-Volume-11-Electroplating-J-Poyner-pdf

    Old but good start.

    Zinc, nickel, copper?

    https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/threads/bright-nickel-plating-as-requested.90920/

    https://www.mig-welding.co.uk/forum/threads/zinc-plating-and-passivating-results.45828/

    You might want to start with copper as the ingredients are cheapest and not too horrible to handle.
    If the item is in poor condition, especially pitting, it can be useful to plate a layer of copper which can then more easily be flatted and polished to a high standard before plating with the much more expensive Nickel.

    The copper electrolyte can be more cheaply replaced if your MiS members don't keep it clean.

    Old computer power packs and a bulb box make good cheap and easily replaceable power sources suitable for MiS users!
     
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  3. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    @rtcosic
    I do copper plating all ready.

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    Making the copper sulphate, from waste copper wire.

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    Copper plating a bolt, for a chess set.

    I am after a kit., MIS safety rules etc. etc.

    The plan is to restore tools etc, to sell on.
     
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  4. daedalusminos Member

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    I've used the Gateros plating kits - copper and replica chrome (which I believe is actually a cobalt nickel). It's a slightly different hue to real chrome and is more susceptible to scratching, but overall not a bad home alternative.
     
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  5. rtcosic

    rtcosic Member

    Apologies I'd missed that key requirement.
     
  6. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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  7. Greeves246 Member

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    +1 for Gateros. Very helpful and probably have every type of plating needed. I had excellent results when I restored a Honda CT90. Greeves 246
     
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  8. garethp Forum Supporter

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    I've got a gateros zinc plating kit on the shelf waiting for some time to use it.

    I bought as they have good reviews.
     
  9. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    I will be giving Gateros a call
     
  10. Dcal Member

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    I bought a kit from classic plating.
    Did the job but it's a time consuming process and it's all in the prep.

    Workshop series book 11 on electroplating is worth a read.
     
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  11. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    Kit ordered.

    The staff where friendly and free with the advise.

    Now we wait on the post.
     
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  12. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    And we wait on the review/report. ;)
     
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  13. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    Kit arrived.

    Looks comprehensive.
    Need to read the instructions.


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  14. Wallace

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    Do you have a good variable power supply to use with the kit? I started with a Classic Plating kit and ended up with chemicals from Gateros and a couple of different power supplies plus heaters. Try and avoid the temptation to do black passivate if you can, I only ever managed dark brown and some of the nicest results I had were olive green.
     
  15. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    @Wallace

    PSU are not an issue here. Good news for me.

    As to Blacking, I got myself a blackening kit.
     
  16. Wallace

    Wallace Member

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    The Blacking you have is different, once you get into the zinc plating kit the passivate will become apparent. :thumbup:
     
  17. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    Should be playing with the kit in the next few days.
     
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  18. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark If in doubt ask. Same rules for everyone

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    Right, delayed, I know.

    Results.

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    Looks good.
    Time will tell.

    Lessons learnt.
    More prep.
    More prep.
    Clean and clean again.

    Simple stuff, but practise is needed. Plus if MIS are going to use the kit. I need simplified instructions.

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    Will I do it again.

    Yes.

    If it adds a few ££££ to what we can sell. It will be worth it.

    Will it help others, yes, so I will try again.
     
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